The EFC has launched the Institutional Philanthropy Spectrum (IPS). Its aim is to better understand and document the characteristics, practices, role and relevance of institutional philanthropy in society.
The IPS serves as a framework to build systematic knowledge about the field of institutional philanthropy. It aims to help capture the diverse and evolving nature of the field as well as allowing the user to visualise, explain and possibly foresee practices and actions based on relations between different elements identified in the spectrum.
The six variables investigated by the IPS are public good, resources, use of assets, self-governance, values & strategies, and relevance.
It further examines these variables in detailed clusters to identify the unique features and practices of each institutional philanthropy actor.